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Budget-friendly pasta recipes

32 Recipes

If you're cooking on a budget, look no further than our thrifty pasta recipes. They use cheaper ingredients but pack in the flavour.

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  • One-pan spaghetti

    One-pan spaghetti

    Cook an easy dinner for one with this simple one-pan spaghetti. It’s salty, savoury and umami-rich with garlic, broccoli, anchovies and a golden breadcrumb topping.

  • Pasta and meatballs in pan

    Speedy sausage stroganoff tagliatelle

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.116 ratings

    Make our budget-friendly quick sausage stroganoff tagliatelle for a simple family dinner. This filling bowl takes just five minutes to prepare

  • Cacio e pepe in a bowl

    Cacio e pepe

    A star rating of 4.1 out of 5.12 ratings

    Whip up a simple cacio e pepe for a speedy lunch. With four simple ingredients – spaghetti, pepper, parmesan and butter – this is a storecupboard favourite

  • Spaghetti puttanesca served in a pan

    Spaghetti puttanesca

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.111 ratings

    Cook up this classic sauce in one pan, then toss with spaghetti for a simple midweek meal. It's budget-friendly too, making it a great meal for the family

  • Tuna pasta bake in an oval baking dish with portion out

    Tuna pasta bake

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.282 ratings

    Whip up this cheap treat using storecupboard ingredients, tinned tuna and sweetcorn

  • Sausage ragu served in a casserole dish

    Sausage ragu

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.346 ratings

    Feed the family this comforting, budget-friendly sausage ragu with pasta. You can freeze the leftovers for another time and it tastes just as good

  • Sausage pasta in a frying pan

    Sausage pasta

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.240 ratings

    Tomato, onion and garlic pasta sauce with sausage chunks for a bit of substance – brilliant for students (and as a hangover cure)

  • Cheesy broccoli pasta bake

    Cheesy broccoli pasta bake

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.252 ratings

    Whip up this cheap, simple and satisfying meal in just 30 minutes.

  • Cheese & bacon lasagne

    Cheese & bacon lasagne

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.105 ratings

    This freezable, family-friendly recipe is economical and has a wonderful comfort-food feel about it

  • Pasta with tuna & tomato sauce

    Pasta with tuna & tomato sauce

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.89 ratings

    This low fat, tasty pasta supper can be rustled up from tins and packets in the storecupboard

  • Cheesy leek & bacon pasta

    Cheesy leek & bacon pasta

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.91 ratings

    A creamy and comforting quick pasta recipe, ideal for when you're short on time

  • Frankie pasta bake

    Tomato pasta bake

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.70 ratings

    Make this simple student pasta and tomato dish for a delicious, filling and budget-friendly supper. It is a great way to use up simple storecupboard ingredients.

  • A bowl of smoked salmon spaghetti with chilli & lemon

    Smoked salmon pasta

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.28 ratings

    This simple smoked salmon spaghetti dish is ready in just 20 minutes and makes the most of affordable ingredients. It's flavoured with fresh citrus, herbs and a kick of chilli

  • Macaroni cheese with mushrooms

    Macaroni cheese with mushrooms

    A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.7 ratings

    A lighter dish than the original, simple to make and very cheap, perfect for students.

  • Spaghetti with pancetta and cheese in bowls with cutlery

    Swede & pancetta spaghetti

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.4 ratings

    Try this budget-friendly twist on the classic carbonara with seasonal swede, pancetta and plenty of parmesan. Need a comforting simple supper? This is it

  • Brown butter linguine served in a bowl

    Brown butter linguine

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.3 ratings

    Cook this simple brown butter linguine as a filling meal for one. It's a budget option and only takes 20 minutes to make – ideal for busy weeknights

  • Caponata pasta in pan, garnished with basil and parmesan

    Caponata pasta

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.124 ratings

    Whip up our easy vegetarian caponata pasta in just 20 minutes. It's simple to make, budget-friendly and packs three of your five-a-day into one delicious meal

  • Lemony tuna, tomato & caper one-pot pasta served in bowls

    Lemony tuna, tomato & caper one-pot pasta

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.54 ratings

    Give student staple tuna pasta a boost with capers, mascarpone, lemon zest and parmesan for a more sophisticated take on a budget-friendly midweek meal

  • Orzo tomato soup with pesto in bowl

    Tomato & pasta soup

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.63 ratings

    Make our simple, budget-friendly tomato, pasta and chickpea soup in just 30 minutes. This easy, vegetarian family meal is healthy and even low fat

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